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How to “rock” a brain tumor: Tate’s story of recovery

After months of feeling the effects of a concussion, Tate's family brought him to see a neurologist where they found out he had a brain tumor. Learn more about his recovery here.

Heroes for Hope

October 5, 2019, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Ramsey

Grand Rounds: Initial management of TBI

February 2, 2017 8 a.m. – February 28, 2017 9 a.m., St. Paul

This week's grand rounds will feature:

alcohol teen brain

Alcohol and its impact on the teen brain

The teen brain is more sensitive to the poisoning effects of alcohol on the neural connections for learning, memory and judgment compared to the adult brain.

Concussion

Concussion disrupts girl’s life, but not her attitude

A skateboarding injury hindered Stephanie’s daily life for months but inspired her to educate others.

early childhood development

Children’s Pedcast: Developing the infant-toddler brain

Gigi Chawla, MD, and Mike Troy, PhD, talk about how children ages 0-3 can best learn and what parents need and don't need to raise a healthy child.

Grand Rounds: New innovations in pediatric neurosurgery

January 1, 1970, 12 a.m. – 12 a.m., St. Paul

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Children’s Pedcast: Constraint-induced movement therapy

Physical therapists Kathy Grinde and Jayne Myhre of rehabilitation services join the show from the rehabilitation clinic in Maple Grove to discuss the benefits of constraint-induced movement therapy.

About the Brain

Before you can understand about brain and spinal tumors, it’s helpful to understand the anatomy of the brain and spine and how they function.

Optic Pathway Glioma

An optic pathway glioma is a subset of low grade astrocytoma that grows in a portion of the optic pathway (optic nerve, optic chiasm, optic radiations).  Optic gliomas typically grow as an infiltrative lesion with poorly defined borders.  Because they are infiltrative they often extend and involve the entire optic pathway.  They also frequently extend into adjacent structures, such as the hypothalamus. Optic chiasmatic and hypothalamic gliomas are often considered a single entity because of their ability to infiltrate into both compartments regardless of the site of origin of the tumor.  These tumors originate from astrocytes, which are star-shaped brain cells.  Astrocytes are a type of glial cell which function to support the surrounding cells. Optic pathway/hypothalamic gliomas account for 4-6% of all brain tumors in children and 30% of all pediatric gliomas.  The peak incidence is during the first decade of life.